Strange Interview Questions

“How do you fit an elephant into a fridge?”

The start of a joke? Apparently not according to an interesting article I spotted online.

The piece appeared on HRZone – – and tackled the unusual topic of the growing trend of curveball questions being thrown into interviews.

According to author Dean Ball, who is the regional managing director at Michael Page, it is Human Resources way of separating candidates who look similar on paper.

As well as ‘how do you fit an elephant into a fridge’, Mr Ball sites the use of the question: “Why are manhole covers round instead of square?”

Confused? You will be.

Or maybe not. The article goes on to say two our of three candidates actually welcome such obscure lines of questioning.

It can help lighten the mood, putting interviewer and interviewee much more at ease.

And imagine how good you would feel if you came out with the perfect answer.

How do you put an elephant in the fridge? Simple: open the door, put the elephant in and close the door.

Apparently, it tests your ability to do simple things in an uncomplicated way. And after all, no-one said how big the fridge is.

So, in order to get your brains working, here are ten unusual interview questions I found via a quick search of the internet.

Quick, get those thinking caps on and watch out for the elephant in the room…


1. Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk.

2. Name five uses of a stapler without staple pins.

3. If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?

4. If you could be number one employee, but have all your co-workers dislike you, or you could be number 15 employee and have all your co-workers like you, which would you choose?

5. Zombies have invaded earth, who’d be on your fighting team?

6. What do wood and alcohol have in common?

7. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 as to how weird you are.

8. How are M&Ms made?

9. How would you cure world hunger?

10. What does your choice of computer program say about you?

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